What caused the death of the TV theme song?
Deggans points out the obvious -- that TV producers, ever wary of viewers flipping channels, have tried to keep the start of the show as peppy as possible -- but he also ventures a theory that is in desperate need of further explanation....
Deggans puts partial blame of the demise of the TV theme song on Frasier. He theorizes that the show "may have started the anti-theme trend by taking its own cute tune (the jazzy shuffle Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs, sung by the star, Kelsey Grammer) and sticking it at the back of the show, to play over the closing credits after the episode was done."
Okay, I'm more than happy to entertain any kind of crazy theory from a mid-market newspaper columnist -- I mean, if it wasn't for crazy theories, digg.com would be a lot less fun -- but, uh, what? How does replaying a theme song over the closing credits account for the industry-wide abandonment of a once-treasured institution? If you're going to advance a theory like this one, you need to explain why you feel that way.
Do any of you guys have a theory as to what Deggans's theory actually is? Did the double-playing of Grammer's singing get people so bored with the song that they started calling NBC and demanding that no other theme songs be added to any NBC shows ever again? Were people offended because they thought the Tossed Salad referred to in the song was the same salad tossing that Chris Rock talked about (link NSFW) in Bring the Pain? If you play Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs backwards does it say: If you want to keep viewers, you should definitely get rid of TV theme songs! And, also, if you're a Fox executive and you're listening to this song, you should definitely greenlight for me a brutally terrible sketch show once my run at Frasier ends?
Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.